Joasia Krysa to curate second edition of Helsinki Biennial opening June 2023
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Joasia Krysa to curate second edition of Helsinki Biennial opening June 2023
Joasia Krysa and Maija Tanninen Mattila.

HELSINKI.- Helsinki Biennial announces the appointment of Joasia Krysa as curator of its second edition, taking place 12 June – 18 September 2023. Celebrating the synthesis of art and the environment, the biennial will return to the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island in the Helsinki archipelago, whilst building upon its inaugural edition through a greater presence on the mainland in locations across the city. Free and open to all, Helsinki Biennial continues to make connections between artists from Finland and around the world, and is committed to responsible exhibition-making and inclusive principles.

Joasia Krysa is a UK-based, Polish-born curator, researcher and scholar working at the intersection of contemporary art and technology. She served as artistic director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, and was part of the curatorial team for Documenta 13 (Kassel, 2012). She was the co-curator of Liverpool Biennial 2016, advisor to Sapporo International Art Triennale SIAF 2020 in Japan and has worked with WRO Media Art Biennial in Poland. She currently works as Professor of Exhibition Research and Head of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University and holds an adjunct position at Liverpool Biennial. Krysa was part of the advisory committee of Helsinki Biennial 2021.

Joasia Krysa says: “I am excited to join the Helsinki Biennial team and the city, to imagine the second edition at what feels like an unprecedented point in time, and further its growing international reputation. Its specific location on and off the shore of the Gulf of Finland provides a unique context for activating practices and discussions responding to contemporary issues. Co-creating with others – collectives, research organisations and other entities – I look forward to learning from shared experience, contributing to the city and working towards qualitatively different futures.”

Using collaboration as a way to build new layers of connectivity and catalyse collective values, Joasia Krysa will invite curatorial contributions from organisations from around the world, to create new alliances and exchanges interwoven throughout the biennial. The cultural history and diverse environment of Vallisaari set a strict environmental framework for the exhibition, whilst inspiring broader topical questions in response to the world around us.

The inaugural Helsinki Biennial took place in summer 2021 on Vallisaari Island. It presented 41 artists from both Finland and around the world. 148,000 people visited Vallisaari and in addition, the biennial provided art experiences around Helsinki. Leaving a lasting legacy of contemporary art, a number of Biennial artworks – including sculptures by Alicja Kwade and Laura Könönen – have become permanent features of the city’s public art collection.

Maija Tanninen-Mattila, Director of HAM Helsinki Art Museum and Helsinki Biennial says: “We’re thrilled to welcome Joasia to the Helsinki Biennial team. Joasia’s collaborative model of curating and interest in technology and digital art respond to the pertinent issues of our time. The Biennial is part of Helsinki’s ambitious cultural vision; we look forward to building on our commitment to local co-creating whilst expanding the perspective of Helsinki Biennial globally by creating connections between local and international communities.”

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